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I'm all broken up about his human rights; Judge quotes Clint's Dirty Harry as prisoner refuses to leave cell.


A MURDER defendant "too anxious" to leave his jail cell and go to court was given a blast of Dirty Harry by a judge.

James McCarthy, accused of killing girlfriend Julie Semper, was due to enter a plea to the murder charge.

But after hearing McCarthy was not present, Judge Michael Stokes QC launched a blistering rant about human rights and quoted Clint Eastwood's character from Dirty Harry. He fumed: "We live in a world where his human rights are such that nobody will force him to come to court. No one thinks about the human rights of the victim or the victim's family.

"To quote Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry: 'I'm all broken up about his human rights'.

"I don't understand why he's not made to come to court. Twenty years ago, this would not have been tolerated. He would, metaphorically, have been brought here in chains." He said McCarthy's failure to appear at Nottingham crown court was "grossly unfair to the family of the victim".

He warned McCarthy, 24, of Calverton, Notts, if he failed to attend the next hearing a not guilty plea would be entered and the trial would go ahead in his absence.

In February, supply teacher and writer Miss Semper, 47, was found dead with multiple stab wounds at her home in Mapperley, Notts, by a friend. Described by pals as "happygo-lucky, loyal and kind", she was working on her second book.

Allister Walker, defending, said his client had refused to leave prison "because his anxiety was too great". He said: "The importance of coming to the hearing has been spelt out to him and will continue to be spelt out to him." The case was adjourned and a potential trial date set.



TOUGH Clint as Harry

RANT Judge Stokes

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 1, 2015
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